Addressing Safety in the Renewables Sector: Wind Turbines

10th October 2023
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In recent years, the renewables sector, particularly wind farms and wind turbines, has seen a surge in development across the United Kingdom. 

The growth of onshore wind farms and the advancement in renewable technologies have undoubtedly contributed to a cleaner and more sustainable energy future. However, this rapid expansion also raises concerns about safety, emphasising the crucial need for adequate rescue plans and skilled rescue services in case of emergencies.
 

 

What are the most Common Accidents in the Renewables / Wind Turbine Sector?

Accidents in the renewables sector, especially involving wind turbines, encompass a range of incidents. Some of the most common accidents include mechanical failures, electrical incidents, falls from heights, and other situations involving working at height. Working at height poses a significant risk factor given the nature of the wind farming industry.

Damage to wind turbine blades

Trends in Accidents: Are Incidents and Accidents Increasing?

Reports and studies indicate a concerning trend in the number of incidents and accidents within the renewables sector. Wind turbines are proving to be particularly hazardous. More than 500 incidents were reported in wind farms across the UK, highlighting the urgent need to enhance safety measures in the sector to protect workers.

This alarming statistic emphasises the necessity of robust training programs and efficient rescue services to mitigate risks and ensure the safety of workers.

How Dangerous Is Working on Wind Turbines?

Working on wind turbines is undeniably dangerous due to the extreme heights and challenging working conditions involved. The risk of falls from considerable heights, combined with the complexity of the machinery and potential exposure to electrical hazards, makes it imperative for individuals working in this sector to undergo comprehensive safety training.

What Regulations are Relevant to Workers in the Wind Turbine Sector?

In the UK, there are strict regulations and guidelines set forth to ensure the safety of workers in the wind turbine sector. Compliance with regulations such as the Work at Height Regulations 2005 is essential to mitigate risks associated with working at height.

Additionally, the Global Wind Organisation (GWO) has set industry-recognised standards for safety training, specifically focusing on working at height and the renewable industry. GWO training courses are designed to equip workers with the necessary skills and knowledge to operate safely in wind turbine environments.

Wind Turbine technician working on top of a wind turbine

Importance of Training Courses and Rescue Services

Given the inherent risks in the renewables sector, specialised training courses are paramount to prepare individuals for the challenges they may encounter while working at height on wind turbines. Courses such as GWO training, focusing on wind turbine safety and working at height, provide the knowledge and skills needed to navigate potential hazards safely.

Moreover, having reliable rescue services and a well-defined rescue plan in place is equally crucial. In the event of an emergency, swift and efficient response can make a life-saving difference. MRS Training and Rescue offers dedicated training courses tailored to the renewable industry, emphasizing the importance of safety, rescue preparedness, and working effectively in challenging environments.

We have invested in multiple GWO accredited training rigs specially designed to provide wind turbine professionals in the renewables sector with practical safety experience.

By prioritising safety through comprehensive training and ensuring prompt access to professional rescue services, we can significantly reduce the risks associated with working on wind turbines and further propel the growth of the renewables sector.

 

 

MRS Is Here to Help

Saving our environment needn’t come at the cost of human lives. For more information on rescue services and training courses tailored to the renewables sector, browse our comprehensive Renewable Industry Training courses now or contact us today.

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